James Brokenshire

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James Brokenshire

James Brokenshire is a Conservative Party MP, who sat for the constituency of Hornchurch between 2005 to 2010, and subsequently for Old Bexley and Sidcup.

Brokenshire was secretary of state for Housing, Communities and Local Government from April 2018 until he resigned in July 2019 after Boris Johnson replaced Theresa May as prime minister.

Brokenshire is a former Northern Ireland secretary of state, an appointment made in 2016 by Theresa May, his former boss at the Home Office. [1]

Political career

In 2014 Brokenshire was appointed minister of state for the Home Office, overseeing security and immigration.[2] He was the shadow minister for home affairs from 2006 to 2010, and a minister at the Home Office from 2010.[3]

In the 2015 general election he was re-elected with a majority of 15,803. [4]


Ruling against fracking company trying to overturn local council's decision

In February 2019 Brokenshire rejected the appeal by controversial frackers Cuadrilla against Lancashire County Council's refusal to give its Roseacre Wood site, near Blackpool the go-ahead. He ruled against the issue primarily because of traffic congestion.

High Court ruling quashes National Planning Policy framework on benefits of shale gas and fracking

In a written statement on 23 May 2019 Brokenshire acknowledged that the government's policy support for shale gas as a source for energy security and a transition fuel for a low carbon future, stated in paragraph 2019a of the National Planning Policy Framework, had been ruled unlawful by the courts. [5]


Brokenshire was educated at Davenant Foundation Grammar School, he then went to Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies and the University of Exeter, where he studied law. Before working in Parliament, he was a partner at a large international law firm. [6]

Brokenshire was an MP for Hornchurch and Rainham from 2005 until the constituency was abolished in 2010. [6]

Special advisers


External resources



  • Address: 19 Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7EB
  • Telephone: 020 8300 3471


  • Address: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
  • Telephone: 020 7219 8400
  • Fax: 020 7219 2043
  • Email: james.brokenshire.mp@parliament.uk

Web & Social media


  1. 'Who's in and Whos out? May's new cabinet' 14 July 2016, BBC News, accessed 15 July 2016
  2. James Brokenshire MP www.parliament.uk, accessed 27 February 2015
  3. James Brokenshire, parliament.uk, accessed 13 March 2013.
  4. James Brokenshire Express, accessed 19 May 2015
  5. Planning update Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written statement – made on 23rd May 2019, Parliament.uk, accessed 20 June 2018
  6. 6.0 6.1 James Brokenshire accessed 10 October 2014